The Roadhouse

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  • Friday 5-7pm
Genre: 
Arts & Culture Interviews & Live Music
This program officially starts the weekend along the North Shore and across the North Woods. Hosts Buck Benson & Dick Swanson and producer Ann Possis provide two hours packed with insightful interviews,  weekend happenings, local features and toe-tapping music. You never know quite what to expect on the Roadhouse! 
 
Arts, cultural and history features on WTIP are made possible in part by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Check out other programs and features funded in part with support from the Heritage Fund.

 


 
What's On:
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Briand Morrison makes music to accompany father George Morrison's art

Dave TerSteeg & Ann Possis welcomed local jazz guitarist and composer Briand Morrison to Studio A March 13. He's working on a new project called "Briand Morrison Presents Musical Impressions, The Art of George Morrison," in which he composes and performs music to accompany a series of slides of his father's work. In this interview he explains the project and share three of the 12 songs. You can learn more about Briand and his work at www.briandmorrison.com.


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Karen Babine discusses her new book, "Water and What We Know"

Karen Babine, an English professor who grew up in northern Minnesota, is just out with a book of essays exploring the meaning of place and identity: "Water and What We Know: Following the Roots of a Northern Life." She spoke with Ann Possis Mar. 13 about the book and why she feels place is so important in our lives. You can learn more about Karen and her writing at www.karenbabine.com.


 
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Dr. Seth Moore on the state of moose and moose research

Minnesota's moose are on the decline. Dr. Seth Moore, director of biology and environment with the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, talked with Ann Possis recently about what's affecting the moose, what researchers seek to learn by collaring both adults and calves, and much more. 


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Author John Vaillant on his first work of fiction, "The Jaguar's Children"

John Vaillant, best-selling author of "The Tiger" and "The Golden Spruce,"  has turned to fiction with his debut novel about a young man trapped during a border crossing from Mexico to the U.S. Buck spoke with him Mar. 6 about the book and its amazing, chilling story. You can learn more about John and his work here.


 
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Think twice before shopping..for anything..when you're hungry

We've all heard that we shouldn't shop for groceries when we're hungry because we'll buy more than we need. But now it looks like hunger might affect our purchases of non-food items, too. Dr. Alison Jing Xu, assistant professor of marketing at the Carlson School of Management, has been studying this phenomenon. She talked with Ann Possis March 6 about her research and its implications for both consumers and businesses. You can learn more about behavioral science at www.sciencedaily.com or www.psychologicalscience.org.


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Grand Marais wins "America's Coolest Small Town" contest

Grand Marais is the winner of Budget Travel's 10th annual America's Coolest Small Town contest! Ann Possis chatted with Robert Firpo-Cappiello, editor-in-chief of the magazine, on March 6 to learn more about the contest and what it means for winning towns. 


 


 
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The Thunderheads rock Studio A

Twin Cities-based band The Thunderheads (Steve Blexrud, Craig Paquette, & Don Blue) visited The Roadhouse Feb. 27 before their appearance at the Tavern. Listen for fun conversation and great music. You can learn more about the band here.


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Which dietary supplements can you really trust? Mayo Clinic dietitian weighs in

Recently the NY Attorney General's office uncovered what seemed to be widespread fraud in the dietary supplement industry, accusing four big retailers of selling supplements that were either contaminated or didn't contain what was listed on the label. So how do we know who to trust? Lisa Dierks, a registered dietitian at the Mayo Clinic, talked with Buck Feb. 27 about dietary supplements and how to make informed choices. You can see the Mayo's information on individual dietary supplements here


 
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Light pollution: What it is and why it matters

Recently the Cook County board voted to keep two proposed MN/DOT towers short enough so they wouldn't have to be lighted, and Cook County is one of the darkest locations in the lower 48 states. John Barentine, program director of the International Dark Sky Association, talked with Dick Feb. 27 about light pollution and the benefits of a dark sky.


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Teague Alexy & Marc Gartman make great music in Studio A

Teague Alexy & Marc Gartman were in town to play the Gun Flint Tavern and stopped by The Roadhouse Feb. 13. Listen for great tunes and fun conversation, including info on more upcoming appearances on the north shore.